I used to buy books, used, from garage sales or the yearly library sale but now I limit myself to using the library's services so I can borrow books, CD's and movies for nothing. And by signing up for my Library's automatic renewal plan, there are no over due book fees either. And a bunch of friends and I use the free library box that is set up in the local laundramat. You take whatever books you want to read and return whenever you are done. I also donate lots of books to them that are given to me by others. It helps to keep the house tidier too. Friends and I swap books amongst ourselves before we donate them to this little library box too. I have a friend that is in a difficult financial position, so she comes to the gym with me as my guest and doesn't have to pay for a membership herself. It doesn't save me money on the membership, but she will offer to drive if we are leaving from home, so I save on gas. If not, we meet in the parking lot.